Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Indonesian police is seeking to get an Interpol red notice issued against a suspect connected to an illegal kidney trade racket, who is believed to be a part of an international syndicate.

"We are seeking a red notice of the Interpol against a suspect known as Miss Huang," director of General Criminal Investigation of the Jakarta Metro Police, Senior Commissioner Hengki Haryadi, informed here on Friday.

According to Haryadi, the suspect played a key role in arranging kidney transplantations in Cambodia.

The Indonesian police is working closely with the authorities in Cambodia to arrest Miss Huang.

"We have intensive coordination with the Indonesian Police's International Relations Division and the Cambodian defense attaché," he said.

Earlier, the Jakarta Metro Police uncovered the role of 12 suspects in the kidney trade racket, which was operated from Tarumajaya sub-district, Bekasi district, West Java.

The suspects, who are believed to be members of an illegal organ trade syndicate, have been accused of luring at least 122 Indonesians into selling their kidneys to a Cambodian ring.

"In this case, 12 people have been named as suspects," Jakarta Police chief, Inspector General Karyoto, said.

Meanwhile, Haryadi said that 10 suspects belong to an international syndicate, and 9 of them are former kidney donors who eventually became recruiters.

"As for the 2 people who are not a part of the syndicate, they are police and immigration officers," he added.

Haryadi informed that the victims agreed to sell their kidneys due to financial difficulties in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The victims came from various professions such as traders, teachers, laborers, security, some even have a master's degree," he said.

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Translator: Ilham Kausar, Sri Haryati
Editor: Azis Kurmala
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